Former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle is headed for Illinois to serve as the chief operating officer for Gov. Bruce Rauner, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Lingle Portrait

Then-Gov. Linda Lingle stands next to her portrait during its unveiling, Nov. 22, 2010.

Office of the Governor

Lingle was the sixth governor of Hawaii, serving from 2002 until 2010. Prior to that, she served as Maui County mayor, council member, and chair of the Hawaii Republican Party. She was also the 2012 Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate, losing to Mazie Hirono in a campaign for an open seat vacated by the retiring Daniel Akaka.

The Sun-Times article included this assessment from Lingle’s new boss:

“We’ve got a former governor,” Rauner said. “She was a superstar governor for eight years and led a major turnaround. She’s ready and coming to do similar things here.”

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